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Antoninus Liberalis: (Xylander, Wilhelm, trans.; Munckerus, Thomas, edit.:) [Metamorphoseon Synagoge] Transformationum Congeries. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1676. 12mo., pp. (xxxvi), 339, (xxxiii), including an additional engraved title-page by C. Decker. Greek and Latin texts on facing pages, some woodcut initials. Very occasional light spots and smudges, a few tiny closed tears at edges. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine, gilt borders with acorn corner tools and an Upsilon centrepiece to each board. Head-cap slightly creased, lightly yellowed, a few light smudgy marks, ties lost, endpapers a little grubby but a very good copy overall. This centrepiece was used in the 17th and 18th centuries on prize books from the Latin School of Delft. Known as The Metamorphoses, Antoninus Liberalis' only surviving work is a collection of forty-one brief tales of mythical transformation. Written in conversational prose rather than the more usual verse, its modern translator Francis Celoria notes that the koine Greek in which it is written is, whilst entirely acceptable, also 'grimly simple'. Wilhelm Xylander first printed the text in 1568; since then some leaves of the single surviving manuscript (late 9th century) have disappeared, making the editio princeps a necessary textual authority. Willems 1894; Hoffmann I 193; Spoelder 527   Ref: 51785 
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Aphthonius: (Cattaneo, Giovanni Maria & Rodolphus Agricola, trans.:) Progymnasmata. [...] Novissima editio, superioribus emendatior, & concinnior. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirum. 1645. 12mo., pp. [ii] 400 [xii] + additional engraved title (the top margin trimmed just to image border, probably removing an inscription). A faint intermittent dampmark to outer margin. Contemporary vellum boards, title inked to spine, lightly soiled, binding slightly strained. A reimpression of the first Elzevir edition of the rhetorical textbook of the sophist Aphthonius (1642), translated into Latin by Agricola and Cattaneo; the engraved title retains the earlier date. Willems 1018.   Ref: 29960 
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Apollonius Rhodius: (Gillies, Marshall M., ed.:) The Argonautica of Appollonius Rhodius Book III. New York: Arno Press, 1979. Reprint. 8vo., pp. xlviii, 160. Text in Greek. Laminated boards, gilt-lettered to spine and upper board, spine slightly faded, very good. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down. Reprint of the 1928 edition published by Cambridge University Press. In the series Greek Texts and Commentaries.   Ref: 50949 
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Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:) Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans, 1760. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [vi], 34, 567, [i]; [iv] 572-1259 [i]. Half-title to vol. I., title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes, engraved initials and decorations. Very light sporadic foxing. Near-contemporary prize binding, gilt spine with raised bands; gilt border, frame and Amsterdam coat-of-arms centrepiece to each board. Edges lightly sprinkled blue and red, slight remains of green silk ties to fore-edges, now lost. Vellum now a bit darkened but still a very attractive Dutch prize binding. School presentation certificate bound in at front. Letterpress printed and completed by hand, with engraved Amsterdam coat-of-arms, it is inscribed to Wilhelm Röell and dated 20th April 1810. Edited by Pieter II Burman (1714-1778), this printing of Aristophanes' plays contains the hitherto unpublished notes of the colourful Greek scholar Stephan Bergler (c.1680-1740). Bergler, born in Brasov in Transylvania, was secretary in Bucharest to Nicholas Mavrocordato, Prince of Wallachia. He "made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition" and according to rumour converted to Islam in Istanbul ('Ency. Brit.' 11th edn.; see also preface to the present book, p.3 ff., and NBG). Dibdin observes that the 'notes of Bergler are very good, and the edition is correctly printed.' Dibdin (4th edn.) I 301. Schweiger I 46.   Ref: 51352 
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Aristotle: (Newman, W. L., ed.:) The Politics of Aristotle. Vols. I-IV. Oxford, Clarendon Press, (Sandpiper edition), 2000. Reprint. 4 vols. 8vo., pp. xx, 580, [ii]; lxvii, 418, [iv]; xlvi, 603, [ii]; lxx, 705, [vi]. Black cloth, dust-jackets, still in publisher's shrink-wrap, as new. A Sandpiper Books reprint of the 1887 Clarendon Press edition.   Ref: 46254 
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Arjava, Antti: Women and Law in Late Antiquity. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 304. Black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, edges lightly dusted, otherwise almost fine. Dust-jacket, a little shelf wear, almost fine.   Ref: 52103 
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Arnobius of Sicca: (Thysius, Antonius, ed.:) Adversus Gentes Libri VII. Cum Recensione Viri Celeberrimi, & Integris Omnium Commentariis. Editio novissima atque accuratissima. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Joannis Maire, 1651. 4to., pp. [xii], 255, [i], 156, [iv], [85], 283, [ixx]. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette. Occasional pencillings, some smudgy marks but generally clean within. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp fore-edges. A bit grubby, some marks, tailcap worn with endband free at one side, first folium loosening a little but still a good and sound copy. Armorial bookplate of William Horton of Chaderton Hall, Lancashire to front paste-down. 'Harwood considered this the best edition, then printed, of the author; although its typographical errors are numerous and glaring.... Ittigius tells us, and after him Schoenemann, that this Leyden edition contains all the commentaries of Stewechius, Heraldus, Canter, and Elmenhorst'. (Dibdin) Dibdin (4th edn.), I 216   Ref: 51128 
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Arnold, Christoph: Lingua Latinae Ornatus. [...] Editio altera correctior, cum indice. Norimbergae [Nuremberg]: Typis ac Sumptibus Michaelis Endteri. 1663. 12mo., pp. [xxiv] 390 [i.e. 396], [xxxiv], 59. Substantial worming to blank area of half-title, mostly gone by title (two or three characters lost) and reduced to just one spot by third leaf with none afterwards, one small repair to margin of first text leaf (touching a couple of characters) and corner of pp. 15-16 torn away affecting one or two words, a touch of dustsoiling elsewhere. Contemporary vellum boards, soiled and marked, no f.f.e.p., hinges a bit strained. Later ink notes to half-title and upper pastedown. The popular handbook for teaching Latin written by the poet and scholar Christoph Arnold (1627-1685), first published in 1657. VD17 23:282750S.   Ref: 29955  show full image..
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(Arnold, Thomas, ed.:) Henrici Archidiaconi Huntendunensis Historia Anglorum. The History of the English, by Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon, from A.C.55 to A.D.1154, in Eight Books. London; Oxford; Cambridge; Edinburgh, Dublin: Longman & Co., Trubner & Co. et al, 1879. 8vo., pp. 4, lxvi, [ii], 358. Lightly toned, series title-page a bit foxed. Black paper-covered boards backed in textured burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. All edges very worn and scuffed, top edge dusty, endpapers toned and split at upper hinge though board is holding firm, ffep brittle and chipped at edges but text block sound, a good working copy. Occasional Kensington Public Libraries inkstamps throughout, small label to spine and barcode sticker to front paste-down. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, or Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages series (Public Record Office Rolls series no.74).   Ref: 52168 
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Arrian; (Blankaart, Nikolaas, ed; Vulcanius, Bonaventura, trans.:) De Expedit. Alex. Magni. Historiarum Libri X. Ejusdem Indica []. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge, & viduam Elizaei Weyerstraet, 1668. 8vo., pp. [xii], 617, [xxxvii] + additional engraved title page, and portrait of the editor. Woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, a few old annotations. A couple of leaves unopened, lower margin of leaf 2L4 abbreviated due to paper flaw. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges, edges sprinkled blue. Spine a little darkened and marked but vellum otherwise uncommonly clean, paste-downs lifted (the front a little crumpled) revealing manuscript parchment binder's waste used as sewing supports. A very good copy indeed. Dibdin cites Harwood as asserting this edition's 'great merit'. Dibdin I (4th edn.), 329; Hoffman I, 377; Schweiger II, 67.   Ref: 50147 
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